Stacey Cook fastest of 2nd DH training in Beaver Creek!
Beaver Creek, USA – The second downhill training day enabled the World Cup ladies to improve their technique and their speed on the Raptor racecourse in perfect weather and snow conditions again. Only finishing 21st yesterday, USA's Stacey Cook put in a great run to be the quickest to cross the finish line, clocking a time of 1:42.03. That is 1.39 seconds faster than yesterday's Lara Gut best time. The 22-year-old Swiss racer confirmed she is comfortable on this slope, ending 3rd just 0.09 seconds off the pace. Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather managed to ski just a little bit faster to end between the two in second position, 0.07 seconds back. The Austrian team showed their strength by placing two athletes in 4th and 5th place with repectively Anna Fenninger and Regina Sterz.
Stacey Cook is still looking for her maiden World Cup victory. She got close one year ago in Lake Louise, finishing 2nd in the two scheduled downhill races. Skiing on a home soil my help her achieve a great performance on race day.
“I got to work a lot together with my ski manufacturer last summer. I've kind of built up my own ski and it seems to be working. I'm really pleased about that,” said the 29-year-old.
“When I trained on the Raptor last spring, the course set was very turny and my team-mates and I were not really in favour. Now the course is less turny and that's what we as downhillers want. The slope is really fun to ski.”
Being in the top 3 of both the trainings so far, Tina Weirather looks also like a serious contender for the victory on Friday.
“I really like the Raptor downhill course and feel comfortable on it so far, but the rest of the girls are all skiing well and could perform on race day”, she said. “I feel like I'm on a better shape than I've ever been. All my last training sessions went well”
“It's good to have really steep and technical downhill slopes like here on the World Cup programme. It makes it really interesting for sure to watch”, she added.
With the aim of clinching a second downhill World Cup victory soon in mind, Lara Gut has clearly a good chance to perform here in Colorado. “I skied faster today than yesterday, which is encouraging, but I still made two obvious mistakes in the middle sections”, she said. “I'm hoping for a mistake-free run tomorrow and we will see how much faster I can be.”
The ladies will get a 3rd chance tomorrow to train on the Raptor and get ready for friday.
Here are the full results of day!